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By Alan Watts

Quick Wind Forecasting is a short reference consultant for all who paintings or play outside no matter if dinghy, coastal or offshore sailors, fishermen, motorboaters, farmers, golfers, walkers or pilots. it's going to aid them make significant predictions in response to the glance of the sky and the texture of the day. This ebook is definitely the right significant other to Alan Watt's foreign bestseller quick climate Forecasting. Its simply available structure and innovative presentation has verified the author's popularity as a layman's meteorologist. 'Still the easiest publication of its type round' All At Sea 'Worthwhile having both at domestic or on board' The Gaffers Log

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Wind rising When signs of more bad weather soon follow retreating bad weather then it usually means a secondary depression. The signs listed are for this form of marked and rapid deterioration. It is often made dangerous because of the rapidity with which the wind rises, by the cross sea that develops and by the fact that it is normal to assume that better weather is sure to follow bad LOCAL WINDS • About local winds Whenever the winds drop to less than light to moderate then local winds frequently take over.

When conditions are good, the sea breeze system will penetrate inland for tens of miles, possibly 50 miles (75km) on the best days. The inland zone is dominated by land winds or sea winds that have developed the convection currents so often found over the land in daytime. INLAND 10mi 6km COASTLAND 3mi 2km BEACHLAND COASTLINE 2mi INSHORE 2km COASTWISE 5km 8mi OFFSHORE 40 41 Anyone who drifts about in almost flat-calm conditions in the morning knows he can expect some wind by the afternoon. This is because of the normal change in wind speed that occurs with the day and is called the diurnal variation.

Near the coast, the nocturnal wind blows by night. The wind’s day is also dictated by the gradient wind speed. Too much gradient wind and local winds are over-ridden, although the diurnal speed change is evident even in sustained gradient winds as strong as force 6–8. However, winds caused by travelling pressure systems rise and fall at odd times that do not fit the diurnal variation. Such unusual increase or decrease of the wind indicates that the pressure pattern is changing locally. I have compiled a table (following pages) aimed at those days when most yachtsmen are happy to be out, when there is not too much wind and some sunshine, or at least broken skies.

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